Nike Air Command Force Hyper Jade
Looking very similar to the “Emerald” colorway of the OG Air Force 180 hightops, these Nike Air Command Force Hyper Jade definitely bring the old school “huge bball kick” vibe. I bought most of the Command Force retros and for now I’m really feeling the cut and look of the shoe. What’s crazy is that everybody slept on this round of retros. These are the type of shoes that some years down the line may be harder to get once retail spots dry up. This particular pair is made with the model-standard leather and rubber uppers, a working pump in the collar, and white laces. A couple of details to note on this colorway are the Air Jordan IV-like black on grey splatters on the rear midsole and the funky 90s-style artwork on the insole.
I’m a huge fan of old school clunky basketball shoes, especially ones that come in an awkwardly huge box, and these are more than adequate! Definitely feeling the old school vibe here and I’ve already rocked a show live wearing these!
Where To Cop:
: As of the writing of this article, you can find these on eBay and StockX.Nike Air Command Force Hyper Jade
Colorway: White / Black – Wolf Grey – Hyper Jade
Style Code: 684715 102
Year of Release: 2015
Nike’s Air Force 1 Gore-Tex Review
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If you’re a dedicated sneaker-wearer, picking a pair during the harsh winter months can prove difficult, especially if you live in a city where you’re doing a lot of walking and slush-puddle hopping. The sneakerhead in me can’t accept the idea of only wearing boots all winter long, so a good looking winterized sneaker is a crucial part of my cold-weather rotation.
Whether you’re like me, or just an Air Force 1 loyalist in need a great functional sneaker to get you through the season, Nike’s got something for you: The Nike Air Force 1 GORE-TEX. Although we’ve seen some winterized Nike AF 1s in the past (interestingly enough, the AF1 design was inspired by a hiking boot called Nike Air Approach), this iteration is the first pair to be equipped with GORE-TEX waterproof technology. That makes this the ultimate winter sneaker. Here’s why.
You can’t argue with the function.
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They’re made to wear—not to display.
I’m one of those sneakerheads that likes my sneakers a little worn and aged because it adds character. But generally, the AF1 is not the kind of sneaker that looks good beat. There is an old saying in the sneaker community “never trust someone with a dirty pair of white AF1s.” Because that only applies to the white on white colorway, you won’t have to worry about keeping this pair fresh. GORE-TEX also makes the shoes stain-proof. That, coupled with the notoriously thick AF1 outsole, make for a shoe that will last you a long time.
With five colorway options, styling is easy.
The great thing about most Air Force 1s is that they’re versatile and easy to work into your everyday wardrobe. The uppers are mixed with textile fabric which allows the shoes to breath (and also prevents the toe box from creasing) and full-grain leather which adds a premium touch without breaking the bank. If the black pair here doesn’t work with your current wardrobe, don’t worry—Nike offers this sneaker in five other colorways.
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On ’30,’ Adele walks among us : NPR
Adele sings in front of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles during a televised concert to promote her fourth album,
Adele sings in front of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles during a televised concert to promote her fourth album,
Watching the cozily epic concert segments of Adele’s album-launching Oprah special Sunday evening, I couldn’t help thinking she’d gifted reviewers with a metaphor. She stood on the steps of the Griffith Observatory in a gown that enclosed her shoulders like a black cirrus cloud, glittering Saturn-shaped baubles dangling from her ears. A tattoo of the orb with her current home, Los Angeles, at its center graced the forearm holding her microphone. In interviews, Adele has mentioned astrological reasons for this imagery — the tumultuous Saturn return that occurs at the cusp of turning 30 — but it says something about her status in the pop world, too. With her massive voice, unique charisma and enduring hit-making power, Adele is not just another star, but her own planet. Her movements shift the very tides of pop.
Can a planet come down to earth? That’s the question Adele asks in her fourth studio release, 30, a chronicle of divorce and soul-searching recovery that is, more crucially, a thrilling redefinition of Adele’s artistry. She hasn’t abandoned her reliable templates — there’s a dance-floor stomper, “Oh My God,” that will please fans of “Rolling In the Deep,” and more than one epic ballad built to unfurl stormily through a concert hall. But while Adele earned adulation for evoking, in listeners, the sense of being enveloped in emotion, on
Adele’s stance throughout 30 is one of engagement — with her own inner struggles, with the new world that opens up as she leaves a marriage and with the musical milieu that has emerged since 25 came out in 2015. Adele has, it seems, been listening to young contenders on both sides of the Atlantic, from London sensations Celeste and Cleo Sol to American R&B standard-bearer Jazmine Sullivan. Her ability to modulate her voice has grown and balanced out her sheer power, and she engages it to try different methods of phrasing, to quiet down in the way many vibe-seeking chanteuses do now. That’s a risky move, but Adele remains self-aware. The storyteller who once strummed in London’s Brockwell Park with friends returns in those moments to balance out her experiments with the salt of her essential plainspokenness, the quality that has always made Adele herself.
“Mama’s got a lot to learn,” she murmurs in the chorus of “My Little Love,” a hip-hop pastiche and the most experimental track on 30, which incorporates phone voice notes of conversations about loss and safety between the newly single mom and son Angelo. The song is a mood tracker, but that lyric also serves as an admission of the challenge Adele faces as a white woman who, like nearly every white musician, remains hugely indebted to Black progenitors.
Adele became one of the century’s most beloved singers by cultivating a space beyond musical trends, grounded in a mobile retro-pop sound that borrowed equally from the soul-driven 1960s, the blockbuster 1980s and the timeless practice of untethering big ballads from any context whatsoever. She stood on this surface and, sharing tales of heartache, made it a sanctuary, but as long as she stayed there it could often feel like she was in musical dialogue with nothing and no one. 30, on the other hand, engages with the world — through lyrics that trade adolescent romanticism for genuine self-examination, arrangements that reflect the present moment, and a vocal presence as warm and multifaceted as Adele is in interviews and her onstage patter, where she’s a pal who tells long stories and makes jokes, not a gravitational force.
The third decade of the 21st century is not a time of big voices. It’s tempting to view Adele as the last of something, but her genius is in confusing scale, in translating her grandeur into relatability. Adele may stand alone in the pop universe, but when you, the listener, are immersed in her music, she stands alone with you. This ability to connect as a feelingful person, to be a friendly planet, has always been as important as the sublimity of her voice. That gift hasn’t faded; she can still animate a strictly emblematic chorus like, “Hold on, you are still strong, love will still come,” with the lifeblood of spontaneity.
Several elements merge to make this Adele’s most musically interesting and conceptually rich work. The starting point is that better-trained voice, which at times sounds like an entirely new instrument. Years of care following an early-career vocal cord injury have led her to explore registers beyond her reliable gut, and she’s become more intuitive, conversational and in touch with the grooves and dancebeats her producers craft for her. Those collaborators take up the challenge Adele posed for herself by writing songs that dwell on complicated and sometimes even ugly feelings — the guilt she feels at breaking up her family and her distress at trying to explain divorce to her son, the alternating excitement and fear as she finds herself unpartnered for the first time in her adult life — and don’t automatically reach for the catharsis of big notes that won her international devotion. Don’t worry, swoon junkies, those notes still hit sometimes. But Adele is more likely to trade them in for a funky breakbeat, as she does on “Can I Get It,” or the gentle push and pull of those gliding “E”s on the album’s first single, “Easy On Me.”
Fans determined to weep their way through 30 as they have with Adele’s previous albums may be disappointed. This chronicle of separation does not aggressively serve up heartbreak. Though the publicity campaign has presented the album as a reflection of pain and anxiety after Adele’s split from her partner of 10 years, Simon Konecki, its spirit is one of musical play: the singer trying out different tones and techniques, from the jazz standards-inspired opener, “Strangers By Nature” (with its immortally campy first line, “I’ll be taking flowers to the cemetery of my heart”) to the loose, Honky Chateau-era Eltonisms of “I Drink Wine” and the sinuous flow of the delightedly sensual “All Night Parking,” which kicks off with a light-handed sample from the late Pittsburgh jazz great Erroll Garner and transforms it into a sample around which Adele wraps a vocal as light as twilight air.
The free musical mood of 30 correlates with the story it tells, of a breakup that’s more complicated than the ones Adele immortalized in high Romantic ballads like “Hello.” In her Oprah interview, Adele made it clear that she was the instigator of her divorce, not because Konecki, who remains a “best friend,” was abusive or neglectful but because she felt herself growing beyond the relationship. She chose to break up the home for which she’d longed as a child of divorce, and hazard her son’s pain, in the name of greater ultimate happiness for everyone involved. This most common kind of split engenders emotions that her adored songs of contemplative romantic desolation, like “Hello” or “Someone Like You,” don’t quite serve: the shame of being the heartbreaker, the doubt that comes with loneliness, the need to find a way through ambiguity toward inner strength.
“Cry your heart out, it’ll clean your face,” an auto-tuned phalanx of voices advises Adele in “Cry Your Heart Out” as she details her daily stumbles. “When you’re in doubt, go at your own pace.” Adele answers this Motown-style Greek chorus with lighthearted crankiness: “Please stop calling me, it’s exhausting,” she sighs. But she owns her mess. “I created this storm, it’s only fair I have to sit in its rain,” she sings, adding a little vocal run to boost her own self-confidence. It’s not “Love on Top,” but she’s getting there.
The arrangement of “Cry Your Heart Out” tricks out the template of the girl group sound in a new way, as have many other savvy miners of R&B history, from the Pointer Sisters to Lauryn Hill and Adele’s standard-bearer, Beyonce. Adele has never truly orbited alone through pop’s omniverse — she began her career within a group of fusion-oriented singer-songwriters including Estelle, Rumer, Duffy and Corinne Bailey Rae, and now she’s connecting with a new wave of jazz-soul artists like Celeste and Sault (and perhaps finally nodding musically to her “best friend,” Drake). And always, she’s thinking of Queen Bey.
Longtime collaborators like Max Martin, Tobias Jesso, Jr. and Greg Kurstin accommodate these alignments with varying degrees of subtlety; Kurstin co-wrote and produced “My Little Love,” and was seemingly inspired by similar spoken interludes on both Sullivan’s Heaux Tales and Sault’s Nine. Most telling, however, is her new partnership with Inflo, who helms three tracks, including the gospelized show-stopper “Hold On.” That production’s slow crescendo from a misty beginning, with its choir in the distance, to the familiar monumentalism of an Adele barn-burner does something to the form. It makes the song feel more connected to everything in music that made it possible, building a world around it.
Another important musical work whose makers built a world around it, of course, is Beyonce’s Lemonade, the masterwork that Adele’s last album defeated at the Grammys in 2017, much to the horror of most intelligent music fans, including the planetary voice herself. It’s tempting to identify 30 as Adele’s own version of that inimitable expression of heartache and resolve, but such comparisons can only go so far. Lemonade engaged history in a way that 30, whose triumphs are stylistic and aesthetic but not political, cannot. It spoke for a community, a “we,” in a way that Adele, I think, would not strive to emulate. In fact, one of the strengths of 30 is its grounding in unmistakably personal details, both sonic and lyrical. Adele still gravitates toward expertly rendered big flourishes — the couplet that grounds “Hold On,” “May time be patient / may pain be gracious,” is one of her best — but she is also learning that it can be fruitful to go small in a song, to write or sing something that puts aside the universal for the delicate, the offhand, the small gamble. 30 still offers many ways for Adele to be our planet, high in the sky, making us marvel. But it’s best when she touches down.
Malcolm X Assassination: Questions About the Case Linger
Even before a judge tossed out the convictions of two men who had been found guilty of killing her father, Malcolm X, Ilyasah Shabazz said the hard work of unraveling the truth behind the notorious assassination was still to be done.
“My family still seeks justice for the murder of our father,” Ms. Shabazz said in a statement on Thursday. She welcomed the two men’s exonerations, but added: “Full justice will not be served until all parties involved in the orchestrated killing of our father are identified and brought to justice.”
The remarkable court hearing exonerating the two men, Khalil Islam and Muhammad A. Aziz, who had steadfastly maintained their innocence, clears up one corner of the historical record.
But the Manhattan district attorney’s 22-month re-investigation of the case, conducted with lawyers for Mr. Islam and Mr. Aziz, was never meant to resolve the larger mysteries surrounding the crime, the lawyers said.
“There are many questions that are going to be asked about the culpability of the N.Y.P.D., about the culpability of the F.B.I.,” David B. Shanies, one of the lawyers for the two men, said. “I can say, as a general matter, our clients support any effort to get to the truth.”
Among the more intriguing details from the district attorney’s exoneration motion: The shotgun that killed Malcolm X and was recovered at the scene can no longer be found.
Official records that might shed light on what happened that day are also lost or have been heavily redacted.
“This brings us closer to understanding the mishandling of the prosecution, but there still remains the question of why those responsible were not investigated and prosecuted,” said Tamara Payne, who with her father, Les Payne, wrote the most detailed account yet of the murder, “The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X,” which won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for biography.
Doubts began before the 1966 trial of Mr. Islam and Mr. Aziz was even decided. The third man on trial, Mujahid Abdul Halim — who at the time went by Talmadge Hayer or Thomas Hagan — confessed to the killing, but he said that Mr. Aziz and Mr. Islam had nothing to do with it. With no evidence connecting Mr. Halim to the others, and no physical evidence at the crime scene, why the push to convict the two men?
Scholars, including the Paynes, have focused on three areas of the case that remain unresolved: the role, if any, of Nation of Islam leaders in prompting or planning the assassination; the role of the New York Police Department, which had an undercover agent inside Malcolm X’s security team at the Audubon Ballroom, where the killing occurred; and the role of the F.B.I., which had blanket surveillance on the Nation of Islam and Malcolm X’s organization, and had fomented hostility between Malcolm X and Nation of Islam leaders at the sect’s Chicago headquarters.
The Paynes’ book includes a tantalizing interview with a man the authors called Talib, who said he had witnessed the planning and aftermath of the killing firsthand at the Newark mosque to which most scholars believe the killers belonged.
The re-investigation team was not able to identify the man.
The district attorney’s motion also says the investigators “did not uncover any evidence” to support theories that the murder had been “orchestrated by the F.B.I. and/or the N.Y.P.D.”
But many of the F.B.I. records related to the case remain heavily redacted, said David J. Garrow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Speculation about what lies behind the black bars on the documents that have been released so far — and in any files that may still be buried in the bureau’s archives — has flourished.
“What remains murky is exactly what the chain of command was from Chicago to Newark and New York that brought the killers to the Audubon that day,” Mr. Garrow said.
Interest in the case has waxed and waned over the years. In 1993, Mr. Garrow asked in The New York Times, “Does Anyone Care Who Killed Malcolm X?”
Since then, a steady drip of revelations has rekindled interest and incited speculation — some well supported, some less so. More of the F.B.I. files have been made public under the Freedom of Information Act, along with a better understanding of how the bureau declined to share information with the police or prosecutors.
Such information, the district attorney’s motion said, might have led to an acquittal for Mr. Aziz and Mr. Islam in 1966. It also might have sent investigators in search of wholly different suspects and a different theory of the crime.
Ms. Payne said that in the decades that she and her father worked on their book, they hoped the revelations would lead prosecutors to indict the real killers. But even without that happening, she said, “It’s important to know what happened to understand history.”
After so long, the people Mr. Halim and scholars have named as the other killers are all believed to be dead. Ms. Payne declined to say whether there were any leads that she and her father had uncovered but been unable to resolve.
Those questions still need to be asked and answered, she said. “If it can be nailed down,” she said, “I think it should be.”
Ashley Southall and Jonah E. Bromwich contributed reporting.
NASA, SpaceX Launch Crew-3 Astronauts to Orbit on Flight to International Space Station
NASA and private rocket company SpaceX launched four astronauts into orbit late on Wednesday en route to the International Space Station, including a veteran spacewalker and two younger crewmates chosen to join NASA’s future lunar missions.
The SpaceX-built launch vehicle, consisting of a Crew Dragon capsule perched atop a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, climbed into the night sky from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as its nine Merlin engines roared to life at about 9 p.m. (7:30am IST on Thursday).
Liftoff of the Dragon spacecraft, named Endurance by the crew, was aired live from Cape Canaveral on NASA TV. Intermittent rain and clouds over the Cape earlier in the day had cast doubt on launch prospects, but the weather cleared by flight time, NASA said.
Live video footage webcast by NASA showed the four crew members seated calmly and strapped into the pressurized cabin of their gleaming white SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, wearing their helmeted white and black flight suits several minutes after liftoff.
Within about 10 minutes of liftoff, the rocket’s upper stage had delivered the crew capsule to Earth orbit, according to launch commentators. The rocket’s reusable lower stage separated from the rest of the spacecraft and flew itself back to Earth, touching down safely on a landing platform floating on a vessel in the Atlantic.
The three American astronauts and their European Space Agency crewmate were due to arrive at the space station, orbiting some 250 miles (400 km) above the Earth, on Thursday evening following a flight of about 22 hours.
The flight marks the third “operational” space station crew sent to orbit aboard a Dragon capsule since NASA and SpaceX teamed up to resume space launches from American soil last year, following a nine-year hiatus at the end of the US space shuttle program in 2011.
“Crew-3” includes two members of NASA’s latest graduating class of astronauts — Raja Chari, 44, a US Air Force combat jet and test pilot serving as mission commander, and mission specialist Kayla Barron, 34, a US Navy submarine officer and nuclear engineer.
The team’s designated pilot and second-in-command is veteran astronaut Tom Marshburn, 61, a medical doctor and former NASA flight surgeon who has logged two previous spaceflights to the space station and four spacewalks. Rounding out the crew is European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer, 51, of Germany, a materials science engineer.
Chari, Barron and Maurer were making their debut spaceflights with Wednesday’s launch, becoming the 599th, 600th and 601st humans in space.
Both Chari and Barron also are among the first group of 18 astronauts selected for NASA’s upcoming Artemis missions, aimed at returning humans to the moon later this decade, over a half century after the Apollo lunar program ended.
It is the fourth crewed flight overall in 17 months under NASA’s public-private partnership with SpaceX, the rocket company founded in 2002 by Musk, the billionaire chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Inc
The first was a two-astronaut trial run to the space station in May 2020, followed by the maiden NASA-SpaceX operational “Crew-1” in November of that year.
“Crew-2” was launched to the space station in April of this year, and just returned safely to Earth on Monday night with a splashdown capping a record 199 days in orbit.
The latest mission also follows a flurry of recent high-profile astro-tourism flights, including the SpaceX launch in September of “Inspiration 4,” the first all-civilian crew sent to orbit without a professional astronaut on board.
Earlier this month, 90-year-old actor William Shatner, famed for playing Captain James T. Kirk on the original 1960s “Star Trek” TV series, made headlines riding aboard a rocketship launched by billionaire Jeff Bezos’s company Blue Origin to become the oldest person to fly in space.
The “Crew-3” team, on arriving at the space station, will be welcomed aboard the orbiting laboratory by its three current occupants — two cosmonauts from Russia and Belarus and a US astronaut who shared a Soyuz flight to orbit with them earlier this year.
© Thomson Reuters 2021
90,000 Nike LeBron 18 Review | Speed, power and greatness
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The protracted 2019/20 NBA season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers championship and the MVP of the LeBron James Finals Series. Major win for City, LeBron and Nike. While Los Angeles and millions of fans around the world celebrate the long-awaited championship, Nike is unveiling the 18th King James signature model designed to protect LeBron from injury and maximize the career of the great basketball player.Visually, the sneaker is lower, lighter and more aggressive. Nike’s head shoe designer, Jason Petrie, was inspired by LeBron’s love of Air tanks and decided to integrate them even into the tongue. The sneaker features a large LeBron logo on the heel, a traditional lion on the tongue, and a pair of minimalist swoosh on the inner heel and toe of the sneaker.
The main body of the trainer is made of Knitposite 2.0 (FlyKnit variation). The back uses a tighter TPU material for better heel fit. The midsole is made from the classic, patented Phylon foam. Anti-twist TPU foot stabilizer. The outsole is made of high quality and durable rubber.
Knitposite 2.0 breathable structure and perforated tongue provide reference thermal regulation of the foot. The Nike LeBron XVIII is very breathable.
The tread pattern is a small diamond pattern with small scales. The grippy rubber and small tread details provide excellent traction on the court. There is a special groove / roll in the front part of the sole, in the area under the toes, which provides a lightning “explosion” during the initial dash.
LeBron XVIII are not equipped with an outrigger and have a side profile of medium height.A stabilizing (TPU) clip is installed in the heel area. The elasticity of Kniteposite 2.0 and the excellent FlyWire 6-loop dynamic lacing system provide a snug fit. FlyWire is a patented Nike technology that provides the most flexible fit in the last. It works like this – the laces of the shoe go through the loops integrated inside the side panels of the shoe, and the loops are securely fastened to the sole. When the laces are tightened, the loops fit snugly and fix the foot in the last.
The Nike LeBron XVIII is cushioned by 3 cushioning elements. The first two are the classic Full Length Zoom Air and Max Air. A large Zoom Air is integrated along the entire length of the outsole, this is done for better responsiveness and quality stabilization of the foot. From midsole to heel, there is a huge Max Air that is designed to reduce shock. The third cushioning element is the foam (Phylon) from which the midsole is made.LeBron always demands that maximum attention be paid to cushioning in the heel area. This is really necessary to reduce the shock load upon landing. We all know how high above the floor he soars to block an opponent’s shot in a fast break. It is worth noting that this is the largest balloon used in basketball shoes to date and was designed specifically for the LBJ models. The response of the shoe to changes in the speed and direction of movement by the athlete tends to be instantaneous.Landing comfort and maximum responsiveness are guaranteed for even the fastest and most explosive athletes.
Nike LeBron XVIII fit size. For athletes with wide feet or high insteps, we recommend trying on a size slightly larger than usual. The collar is elastic, it opens very wide, there is no difficulty in putting on the sneaker. The soft material of the main body (Knitposite) and the comfortable cushioning (Full Length Zoom Air + Max Air) leave no complaints.There is a loop on the back for easy donning.
Knitposite 2.0 and FlyWire system guarantee high-quality fit of the foot. Grip on the court at the reference level. There will be no problems with the elasticity / responsiveness of the shock-absorbing cylinders. Overall court feel in the Nike LeBron XVIII is very good.
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BUY BASKETBALL SHOES90,000 Nike Odyssey React Flyknit 2 Review Runner August 18, 2021 2519 0
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Until recently, Nike has been releasing more and more models based on its React technology for the midsole. Designed primarily for basketball courts, this material provides soft cushioning while also excellent shock absorption and energy transfer. As a result, each step and jump feels more springy. The Nike Odyssey React Flyknit 2 is one of the best-selling shoes using this technology.With a rubber tread and jacquard upper, runners get shoes that are as comfortable as they are sensitive. This model works well both in everyday life and during competition and training.
- Sensitive damping
- Feeling of lightness
- Relatively affordable
- Durable Protector
- Comfortable to wear
- Narrower than medium sneaker
- Insufficiently wear-resistant
The first Odyssey React was a better than average shoe, although it had some issues that made it an average shoe from my point of view.
The main problem was the upper of the sneaker: it was tight and hot (not in a good way) due to the neoprene booties.
So when I saw the Odyssey React Flyknit 2 (ORFK2) with outward-facing Flyknit, I was interested.
Nike Odyssey React Flyknit 2: Merits
My interest has been rewarded as the upper on this version of the shoe is actually made with Flyknit technology. It provides a good fit, stretches slightly to fit your foot and allows air to pass through.It’s a good news! As a result, the upper fits well and holds the foot securely in the shoe.Nike Odyssey React Flyknit 2
The midsole and tread are at the heart of the Odyssey React 2 and are unchanged from the previous shoe. What makes them good? The plastic under-heel support is combined with an increased amount of tread rubber to make the React a stiffer and more responsive platform than the Epic React did.
The extra tread rubber in this shoe is striking. For runners who don’t like the cosmetic roundness of the Epic React’s visible tread, or the fact that they slip in wet weather, the rubber in the ORFK2 has taken care of both of these issues.
In the case of size 11, my Odyssey React 2 weighs 265 grams. The fact that they are lighter than 280 g is a nice touch for shoes designed for daily training. They feel very smooth underfoot and quite versatile.
I wouldn’t have a problem if I ran a few kilometers in the Odyssey React 2 every day and practiced speed. Ideally, in competition I would prefer to run in something even lighter, but if you are a runner on a budget you can get a lot from Odyssey React 2.Nike Odyssey React Flyknit 2 – Side
Nike Odyssey React Flyknit 2: Disadvantages
I don’t really understand why the Nike team strives to make their shoes breathable from the heel to 80% of the foot.If it is a design problem, then there are various materials that are porous and air-permeable enough that they could use them.
It’s still cold down here on the east coast, so I haven’t experienced overheating in my shoes, but I guess when the wet summer days come here, my feet in these sneakers will be drenched in sweat. I could be wrong, and I’ll try to put them on closer to summer to see what happens.
My next complaint is that I had to change my usual 43.5 size after running 16 km.This run in my regular size sneakers almost ripped my toenails off. Size 44 sits almost perfectly on the foot, providing space between the toe and the toe of the Odyssey under the full length of the nail. INSTEAD OF THE NORMAL SIZE OF TRAINING SHOES, TAKE HALF SIZE OVER.
Even half the size, the Odyssey React 2 feels tight on my narrow foot. And those with wide feet are unlikely to be happy with these shoes. The appearance of Odyssey React 2 falls short of the eye-catching Epic React 2.Perhaps this is due to Nike’s attempt to create a different level of price and appeal.Nike Odyssey React Flyknit 2 – Outsole
Nike Odyssey React Flyknit 2: Conclusion
Overall, I liked the Odyssey sneakers. They feel a little stiffer than the Epic React, but you get the same energy return for the not-so-high price tag ($ 114), and the Odyssey has better grip.
Although I prefer using the Epic React over the Odyssey (they are more breathable, lighter, and better looking), Nike made the tough choice.If you have narrow feet, I would definitely recommend the Odyssey React Flyknit 2. Who knows, you might like the Kevin sneakers better, although they are not so striking.
One more final note. Although Nike bills these shoes as “stable” shoes, the ORFK2 still feels more like neutral running shoes. At best, the heel feels more stable than the Epic React. However, if you are a runner looking for a stable shoe, then this is the wrong shoe.90,000 Review Nike KD 12
Fast, unstoppable, athletic and unforgiving of mistakes, Kevin Durant is waiting to get back on the floor and help his team win their third title in a row. Of course, Nike takes all the qualities of a player into account and wants to provide the “perfect killer” with the best pair of shoes. KD is currently playing in the Nike KD 12, the latest numbered pair in the lineup.
Durant’s line-ups are always on top and keep up with the forward.The Nike KD 12’s goal was completely different. The shoe had to surpass all expectations and become an innovative playable pair. Did the KD 12 do it? Let’s figure it out.
The sneaker has received a high profile. Despite this, the upper is soft enough that it doesn’t help safety in any way. But Nike is ahead of the rest here too – the KD 12 was the first pair to use Quad Axian FlyWire technology. At its core, the technology repeats the idea of FlyWire threads, but is implemented in four directions.This provides an almost perfect fit for the foot inside the shoe and also increases comfort. The overlap of the sole to the lateral part also acts as a retainer for the foot.
A full-size Air balloon is located just below the insole and occupies the entire space of the sole from nose to heel. The cylinder has sections that have already been used in the Zoom Turbo on the Kyrie 5. It provides instant energy return and excellent court feel. But that is not all. The Nike KD 12 has an extra hexagonal heel ball that helps reduce stress.
Nike KD 12 are made of very lightweight materials. For example, the mesh upper is borrowed from the Nike Adapt BB. The tongue is soft and tight enough that it removes excessive friction and discomfort zones. The composition of the materials makes the shoe lightweight and very comfortable.
The issue of traction was also solved with a bang. The shoe has a good outsole pattern, allowing the KD 12 wearer to make abrupt stops and quickly change direction. But the main reason for the excellent traction is not only the pattern, but also the sole material, which simply sticks to the parquet when you stop.
The bottom line is that the Nike KD 12 is a great versatile pair that will suit both the fast defender and the heavy and athletic striker. The chic innovative technological filling makes the shoe lightweight, soft and safe, and also provides an excellent sense of comfort.90,000 Adidas vs. Nike. Which brand has more teams in the top 5 European Championships? – Leg warmers as socks – Blogs
Adidas and Nike are two giants in the world of sportswear and footwear.It is difficult to find a person who does not know about their existence.
Two companies have no equal in their field. So at the end of 2019, Forbes magazine published a list of the 40 most expensive brands in sports. Nike is in first place with a large margin – $ 36.8 billion, Adidas is in third – $ 11.2 billion.
It will come as no surprise that the companies compete with each other. Football is no exception.
Despite the fact that Adidas positions itself as a German company, there are more teams in the Bundesliga with a check mark on their kits.
Only one club has a partnership agreement with Adidas. Munich “Bavaria” has been cooperating with the German company for many years and is doing it quite successfully.
The American company Nike serves five teams – RB Leipzig, Wolfsburg, Eintracht, Hertha and Ausburg.
The total cost of the teams: Adidas – 756.58 Million €, Nike – 1 Billion 182.07 Million € .
They dress six teams from 18 Bundesliga teams (33.3%).
In La Liga, sports companies have an equal number of partners – three clubs each.But Nike collaborates with a large number of eminent teams – Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Sevilla. In turn, Adidas clubs are Real Madrid, Celta and Valladolid.
The total cost of the teams: Adidas – 1 Billion 112.73 Million €, Nike – 1 Billion 816.65 Million € ..
The companies are partners of six teams from 20 La Liga teams (30%).
In Serie A, brands have only three clubs for two.Adidas is Juventus and Nike is Inter and Roma.
The total cost of the teams: Adidas – 614.70 Million €, Nike – 907.15 Million €.
Two companies serve only 15% of Italian teams.
In Ligue 1 Nike is represented by modest teams – Montpellier, Brest and Metz, and the more famous Olympique Lyon has a partner with Adidas.
Total cost of the squad: Adidas – € 379.05 Million, Nike – € 178.73 Million.
Four teams – 20% of the entire league.
Championship of England
Despite the advantage of the American company in previous championships: in the Premier League, Adidas has agreements with a large number of teams, although the American company is also close.
Manchester United, Leicester, Wolverhampton, Sheffield United, Arsenal and Watford – Adidas
Chelsea, Tottenham and Brighton – Nike
Total squad value Teams: Adidas – 2 Billion 248.6 Million €, Nike – 1 Billion 443.15 Million €.
For two, these companies dress nine teams, which is equal to 45% of the total number of teams.
teams: Adidas – 12, Nike – 16;
total the cost of the compositions: Adidas – 5 billion 111.66 million €, Nike – 5 billion 527.75 million €.
Of the 88 teams in the top 5 championships, Nike and Adidas serve 28 teams, which is 31%.
Nike snowboots are already in the Trajectory. Discounts. New work schedule
Nike boots have been heard many times over the past couple of years.But, unfortunately, they were not officially sold in Russia before. And, finally, they appeared in our Trajectory. Made of very high quality, like the rest of the company’s products, these boots will undoubtedly delight their lucky owners.
Innovation and technology are the two words that best describe Nike. With the word style added, we get the most accurate description of Nike’s 2011 snow boots.
The Nike design team has a strong eye for detail.This season, they have created the most comfortable boots that give you total control of your board. Responsible for perfect cushioning is the Zoom Air system, which is lighter than a gel and softer than a regular air cushion. For warmth and comfort – a truly space-based insulation Warming Blanket Strobel, which is used in NASA astronaut suits.
The new boots have been developed under the strict guidance of the Nike riders, from sketching to testing on the slope, with their suggestions and ideas in mind.Inspired by the classic silhouettes of the iconic Air Force 1, Air Max 95 and Dunk, the new boot designs are inspired by all fashion trends.
The collection of Nike snowboard boots for the 2011 season, available in Russia, includes men’s and women’s models: Zoom Force 1 and Vapen.
Many riders on the Nike team have chosen this model. Why? They really like to ride in them. The newest model in the line of snowboard boots stands out for its recognizable design and an impressive array of features such as a thermoformed inner boot and insulation used in NASA astronaut suits.The upper design was inspired by the Nike 6.0 Mogan 2. The boot uses the same last as the multi-award winning Kaiju.
Nike Zoom Force
The first Nike snowboots to become a classic. A snowboard remake of the iconic retro basketball model Air Force 1. The ladies’ model is made in exclusive colors with fur trim and takes into account the peculiarities of the structure of the woman’s foot.
This isn’t the latest Nike news from Trajectory.In the store on Paveletskaya there is a 40% discount on Nike 6.0.
Also, on the eve of the onset of cold weather, snow falling and the approach of the new year, the team of the Trajectory on Paveletskaya store switches to the winter work schedule. Now we open later and work until 22-00. So, Mon-Fri: 11-00 – 22:00, Sat-Sun: 10-00 – 22:00. We hope that it will be more convenient for you!
Nike – history of the brand, logo, company
Nike Brand Creators
In 1964, Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight founded Blue Ribbon Sports, which would later become the shoe giant Nike.Bowerman was an athletics fan and coach at the University of Oregon. Knight ran and joined Bowerman’s team.
The future founders believed that shoe technology could be improved. Bowerman has strived to develop safe, comfortable and affordable running shoes that will help improve the performance of his athletes. He invited Knight to customize his shoes to his own design, and Knight accepted the offer.
The story goes that the shoe was so comfortable that another team member, Otis Davis, took it for himself and won gold in the 400-meter race at the 1960 Olympics.Davis still insists that Bowerman made this model for him personally.
How did it all start?
After graduating from the University of Oregon, Knight attended the MBA program at Stanford University. During this period, he wrote an article about how Germany’s current sneaker manufacturing center could be relocated to Japan, where labor is cheaper. Knight argued that such shoes could compete with the popular brands of the time.
In 1962, Knight received his MBA and went to Japan, where he was able to test his proposed theory.He struck a deal with a group of Japanese businessmen from Tiger to supply the country’s popular footwear to the United States.
Knight proposed his idea to several investors, but ended up having to start the project on his own. He turned to his longtime coach, Bowerman, who convinced him that the partnership would be beneficial for both of them. So, on January 25, 1965, the new Blue Ribbon Sports company was established in Eugene, Oregon.
After founding Blue Ribbon Sports, Knight began selling imported shoes straight from the trunk of his car.It soon became clear that the cheaper, but high-quality alternatives to Adidas and Puma, which dominated the market at the time, were definitely in demand.
In 1965, Bowerman proposed a new sneaker design to Tiger. With a comfortable and durable outsole, it provided improved support while running. The new sneaker, dubbed the Tiger Cortez, hit the market in 1967 and gained instant popularity.
However, around the same time, a conflict arose between Blue Ribbon Sport and Tiger.
- Knight argued that the Japanese company was trying to end its partnership with Blue Ribbon Sport and destroy the company.
- Tiger accused Blue Ribbon Sports of selling its own version of Tiger Cortez under Nike’s new line of footwear.
In 1971, they officially ended the relationship, after which Tiger sued Blue Ribbon Sports. The judge ruled that both companies could sell their own versions of the Tiger Cortez model. As a result, these sneakers, named Nike Cortez and Tiger Corsair, have become the best-selling shoes among two different shoe manufacturers.Tiger Corsair is now marketed under the new Tiger sports brand, Asics.
After leaving Tiger, Blue Ribbon Sports became Nike. Knight originally wanted to rename the company to Dimension 6. However, Jeff Johnson, the original Blue Ribbon Sports employee, suggested naming it after Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, after he dreamed of her.
The new brand needed a logo, so Bowerman and Knight approached Carolyn Davis, a design student at Oregon State University in Portland.Knight chose the checkmark design without much enthusiasm, hoping that he would get used to it over time. Davis was making $ 2 an hour and earned a total of $ 35 to create the logo. In 1983, Knight, who had apparently changed his mind about him, gifted her 500 shares of the company.
The new Nike brand was launched on May 30, 1971 and continues the success of Blue Ribbon Sports with the Tiger Cortez and innovative Waffle outsole design. Bowerman got the idea for it during breakfast as he was pondering ways to give his sneakers more traction, and suddenly noticed the grooves in the waffles that his wife had prepared for him.
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This shoe was a huge success for Nike, which has continued with other models. In the early years, the company continued to grow steadily, and in 1980 it went public. After that, Knight became a millionaire with shares worth $ 178 million.
Well-thought-out advertising campaigns also contributed to Nike’s popularity. The most famous of these is 1988’s Just Do It, which supposedly was inspired by the last words of American criminal Gary Gilmour before being shot (Let’s do it).
Sports Stars Nike
Nike has partnered with many famous personalities, including basketball player Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods. Over the past two decades, sports stars such as tennis player Serena Williams and world-famous footballers Ronaldo and Neymar have also appeared in the brand’s commercials.
However, Nike’s versatile products were motivated not only by athletes, but also by artists. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott developed their own models, and Drake even released his own collection.
In collaboration with aeronautical engineer Frank Rudy, Nike began investing in air cushioning and developed air trapping techniques to make the shoe lighter and more comfortable. This is how the Nike Tailwind came to market in 1979.
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Nike Air technology was soon introduced to footwear for a variety of sports. The Nike Air Force line was created in 1982 and the Nike Air Max in 1987.Since then, Nike Air collections have become a part of everyday fashion and are regularly updated. Now they are worn not only by sports stars – people around the world move on the famous soles.
Nike & Jordan
In 1984, Nike won one of its most successful deals with Michael Jordan. Previously, the basketball player never wore the brand’s sneakers and hoped to collaborate with Adidas. However, he still agreed to work with Nike, which promised the future star $ 500,000 over five years, two Mercedes cars and the joint development of a sneaker model.
Jordan was famous for his high jumps during games, and Nike was actively promoting “air soles” at the time. The result was the Air Jordans line.
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The deal was a resounding success for Nike, with Jordan quickly becoming a superstar and Air Jordans selling more than $ 100 million by the end of 1985. Today it is one of the most popular Nike lines, and the Jumpman logo with Michael Jordan hovering in a jump is known to almost everyone.
Start of construction of the Nike empire
In the 1990s and 2000s, Nike began expanding its product line to include apparel and equipment for football, golf and other sports. Today, the brand’s mark can be seen everywhere – from tracksuits to casual wear, fitness technology and, of course, athletic shoes.
In 2003, the company signed with LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, and in 2008 with baseball player Derek Jeter. In 2012, the brand becomes an official clothing supplier for the US National Football League, and in 2015, the US and Canadian National Basketball Association.
Nike also acquired several smaller companies. Among them: Converse, acquired in 2003 for $ 309 million, and Hurley International, which was owned by Nike from 2002 to 2019 and then sold to the Bluestar Alliance LLC.
Nike’s success is the result of continuous innovation and timely investment that has earned the brand hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
According to the official website, at the moment the company adheres to three main priorities.
- People: Ensure diversity, equity and inclusion, responsibly sourcing and building community.
- Planet: Reducing carbon emissions, waste and water consumption, and efficient use of chemicals.
- Children: As part of the Made to Play program, the company strives to provide more sports opportunities for all members of the younger generation.
Nike today has a huge fan community, continues to grow and will likely continue to be successful for years to come.
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Purpose.nike.com90,000 “Nike Football is a kind of virtual hobby club”
Finding soccer like-minded people and building a team for outdoor play is easy with Nike Football. The program allows you to create groups for communication between potential players. The application also has specialized video trainings, says high-tech columnist Alexander Levy.
I decided to continue the football theme: it would be unfair to leave the Nike Football app aside after the Adidas Snapshot review. But I will not compare them. First, the choice is yours. Secondly, the functionality of the applications is very different. There is only one similarity – the obsessive advertising of sports equipment. And this is half a fly in the ointment in a barrel of honey.
The mobile version of Nike Football is a kind of virtual hobby club. The main task of the service, as I would like to believe, is the organization of amateur games.After registering in the application, the user gets the opportunity to join existing and available teams, or create their own. It can be both public and private. You can invite members in a variety of ways, from SMS and email to social media. There is a separate chat for communication within the team. There, everyone agrees to hold their own football matches.
Games with an open status are displayed both in the form of a list and on the city map. Their descriptions contain information not only about the venue, but also brief information about the team members – usually a photo and a nickname.In addition to ads in the Nike Football app feed, sometimes useful short workout videos can be found. Exercises are special, designed specifically for football players. So this moment can be attributed to the half of the barrel, which is with honey. You can create and maintain your own teams for free. The Ministry of Sports can only dream of this.
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